Lady Topper Basketball to Open Exhibition Play with Kentucky Wesleyan

By: Robert Sampson - WKU Athletic Media Relations
By: Robert Sampson - WKU Athletic Media Relations

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — For the first time this season, the WKU Lady Topper Basketball team takes the floor at John Oldham Court at E.A. Diddle Arena to take on Kentucky Wesleyan in the first of two exhibition games prior to the start of the 2013-14 regular season.

The game tips at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening with admission and parking free of charge, allowing fans to get a preseason taste of the excitement surrounding the program at no cost.

The 2013-14 season marks the second season for head coach Michelle Clark-Heard. In her first year as coach of the Lady Toppers, Clark-Heard engineered one of the nation’s best turnarounds. She led WKU to 13 additional wins over the prior season, setting the Sun Belt Conference record for largest win improvement. She also helped WKU to eight additional conference wins over the prior season, tying the league record. Following the regular season, she was named the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year.

The Lady Toppers return all five starters from a 22-11 team that reached the second round of the postseason and finished tied for second in the Sun Belt Conference. Among the top returnees are All-America candidate Alexis Govan, the third leading scorer in the nation last season among sophomores, and All-America candidate Chastity Gooch, the reigning Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year. The team returns seven letterwinners and an additional player that sat out due to a medical redshirt in addition to six newcomers.

Season tickets and single-game tickets for the 2013-14 season are currently available for purchase by contacting the WKU Ticket Office. Individuals can call the WKU Ticket Office at 1-800-5-BIG-RED to learn more about season ticket opportunities, visit or visit the ticket office in E.A. Diddle Arena. The 2013-14 team will face a challenging slate of games, including a home contest with defending national finalist Louisville on Nov. 27 at E.A. Diddle Arena. A complete look at the 2013-14 schedule, including game times, is available at is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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